After more than a century of studying the ancient Yuht civilization, isolated and fallen long before we strode into space, our scientists and researchers believed they had discovered the location of their homeworld, Yuhtaan. Long-believed destroyed in some unknown catastrophe, the council announced to an awed and stunned crowd of intellectuals that the lost system was in fact near our own precious Alar.
It had escaped previous notice by being largely inaccessible to our faster-than-light drives, until our technological progress advanced to the point where such a system was within our reach. The science vessel ISS Drilling Leaf, the sixth of that name, raced to the coordinates to discover what splendors were to be found.
Debate began about the nature of robotic sentience, and whether or not artificial protocols could be leveraged in order to hasten our research into the physical sciences. Scholars warned that such technology could pose a very real risk, as loosing the controls on our own systems would undoubtedly lead to unexpected consequences. The scientific council, taking all factors into account, not least of which was our diminishing technological prowess throughout the galaxy, ordered that research into truly sentient AI should proceed.
Initial findings regarding Yuthaan Majoris, the Yuht homeworld, were released to the public in 2331-06, detailing the great struggles of the civilization. For nearly a million years the Yuht searched the heavens for other intelligent life, recoiling in shock when they eventually discovered a recently-arisen space empire known as the Jabbardeeni. Though young, the latter were a warlike and troubled people, dedicated to conquest.
With sad resignation the Yuht leadership conceded that the Jabbardeeni had to be eradicated before they would grow to be a plague on the galaxy. A massive surprise attack was launched, but the warlike upstarts were far better prepared than expected. After a decade of constant battle, the two million year-old Yuht Empire was utterly destroyed.
Our historians and archivists poured over as many alien tomes as possible, trying to discover the fate, or location, of the Jabbardeeni.